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Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Each year, nearly one million people visit the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres of land on and around nine islands. Six miles of shoreline extend along 81 acres of water, including the Great Basin, North Lake, and Skokie River Corridor. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
The 7,500-square-foot “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden features trains running on 1,600 feet of track, for train and garden enthusiasts to enjoy the delightful sights and sounds of the miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges and around buildings.
Baha'i House Of Worship
One of only seven in the world and the only one in North America, the Baha'i House of Worship is the largest and oldest surviving Baha'i Temple. Standing on the shores of Lake Michigan, the auditorium, with its walls of lace-like ornamentation and its dome rising 135 feet above the main floor, offers a scene of unsurpassed beauty. It is surrounded by exquisite gardens and fountains. This imposing and dramatic structure has received numerous design awards, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
A visit to Wagner Farm affords you the opportunity to take part in and experience first-hand the workings of a genuine American farm. Wagner Farm is an 18.6 acre farm preserved for the educational and recreational enjoyment for all. See how bread was made in a wood cook stove, hear the rooster making time with his crow or milk one of the farm’s many cows. Explore the world of agriculture and rural life as it existed in 1920-1950’s.
Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in North America and is lauded for presenting world-class music in an inviting, natural environment. The festival attracts over 600,000 listeners to some 120 to 150 events that span all genres including classical, chamber music, jazz, pop, world, music theater, dance and kids programming every summer from June to September. Events are hosted in an open-air pavilion that seats 3,200 plus lawn; the 450-seat Bennett, Gordon Hall; and the Martin Theatre, an 850-seat prairie-style building that stands as the only building from the park's original 1904 construction.
CITY: Highland Park
Chicago Botanic Garden Farmer's Market
First and third Sundays of the month from May until October (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Gather seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, and other local, sustainable products at this bimonthly Garden event that is held rain or shine. Talk with vendors and sample fresh fare. Visitors may purchase a special market bag from the Garden Shop to carry their purchases home. Free admission; $25 per car (includes tax) .
Kohl Children's Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum offers hands-on, interactive exhibits designed exclusively for children ages birth to 8. All of the exhibits and programs are designed to make learning fun and interesting for young children. A visit to a grocery store, a veterinarian’s office as well as a day care inhabited by dolls allow children to participate in adult activities on their own scale. Children can build a house, make music, take care of cars, explore the properties of water and much more in the many engaging exhibits featured.
Want to relive Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Then visit this North Shore beach that was featured in the hit flick.
Chicago Botanic Garden Loop
The Chicago Botanic Garden Loop offers a moderate level of difficulty to those wanting to experience quiet beauty in far north Cook County. The 385-acre garden is home to 2.4 million plants and is one of the most visited gardens in the country. Hiking will take you 4.5 hours and with almost 7 miles of trails, mostly paved you will get to experience both the lagoons and the Botanic Garden.
Chicago Botanic Garden- Weekend Family Classes
Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home. Programs run from November through April on Saturdays.
My Kind of Town Tours & Events
This company offers group cultural and educational tours. Reservations are required.
CITY: Highland Park
The Grove National Historic Landmark
The prairie grove, covering 123 acres of ecologically diverse prairie land, is preserved and maintained as former home of the visionary horticulturist and educator Dr. John Kennicott, who brought his family from New Orleans to settle on his land in 1836. The Grove, located in Glenview, is a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It offers many opportunities for educational, environmental and historical enjoyment including two historic homes, the Kennicott House and the Redfield Estate; the Grove Interpretive Center, a Native American Village, a Log Cabin, a Schoolhouse, a Wetlands Greenhouse and numerous interpretive trails.
Home Alone - Hubbard Woods Metra Station
An eight-year-old boy is accidentally left home alone as his family rushes off for a vacation to France, leaving him to fend for himself against a pair of bungling burglars. Filmed along the North Shore, movie sites include Wilmette's Trinity Methodist Church and the Hubbard Woods Metra Station in Winnetka. Right across the street from the Metra train tracks is the former drugstore where the stranded kid stole a toothbrush in the movie.
The Glen Town Center
This perfectly-planned town offers beautiful shop and restaurant-lined streets—just like a European town. A 10-screen movie theater, shops including Von Maur, Hot Mama and Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as restaurants unique to the North Shore including RA Sushi, Jameson’s Charhouse and Ted’s Montana Grill. The Glen Town Center is also home to the Kohl Children’s Museum, a leading institution for hands-on, interactive learning.
Gillson Park offers 60 acres of beautiful lakefront property, including a harbor and beach. It is ideal for picnics, bicycling, volleyball, tennis and other outdoor sports.
Weird Science - Northbrook Court, 2290 Northbrook Court, Northbrook
Two teenage nerds, unpopular and unable to meet girls on their own, use their computer to design the perfect woman - beautiful with a genius IQ. When this woman turns "real", she helps transforms the boys from nerds to cool through a series of wacky and bizarre adventures. Set in the fictional "Shermer, Illinois", the movie is filmed in several northern suburbs of Chicago - Highland Park, Northbrook and Skokie.
Weird Science - Central St., Highland Park
CITY: Highland Park
Located in the heart of Chicago's affluent North Shore, Northbrook Court is home to a powerful anchor alignment: Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Lord & Taylor and a free-standing, 36,000 square foot Crate & Barrel Home Store. Also featuring BCBGMAXAZRIA, Cole Haan, CUSP, Tommy Bahama's, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Dining and entertainment options include P.F. Chang's, Stir Crazy, Di Pescara, and AMC Theatres providing 14 screens.
The Attic Playhouse strives to showcase a broad spectrum of theatre as an art form by producing classic plays, small musicals, one-acts, improvisational and skit comedies and theatre for young audiences. Special attention is given to producing original scripts and encouraging new talent. At least one production a year is dedicated to these original works.
CITY: Highland Park
Chicago Botanic Gardens Farmers' Market
The Garden welcomes local, sustainable farmers and producers to this public farmers' market on the first and third Sundays of the month from June through October. Admission to the market is free to Garden visitors and will be held rain or shine. Visitors may purchase a special market bag from the Garden Shop to carry their purchases home.
Sixteen Candles - New Trier High School
A fifteen-year-old girl has a crush on the most popular boy in school, the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her, her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement, her family forgets her 16th birthday! This 1980s teen-angst classic was filmed in several Chicagoland suburbs, including Highland Park, Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka.
Ordinary People - The Original Pancake House
This wrenching drama focuses on an affluent Lake Forest family as they deal with the accidental death of their eldest son. North Shore movie sites include The Original Pancake House in Wilmette, known for its homestyle breakfast dishes, including the popular baked apple pancake. Locations ,
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
The festival showcases the work of 95 unique artists in a pristine setting overlooking a lake, spectacular gardens and 385 acres of majesty. All of the artwork embodies a botanic theme, use or material. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to see the masters at work, with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long!
Courtyard by Marriott - Highland Park
Hotel features newly renovated guest rooms and facilities. Rooms feature a comfortable sitting area, large work desks, two phones with data ports, free Internet access, custom comforters, thicker mattresses, fluffier pillows and an ergonomic chair. Enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet with eggs cooked to order at the Courtyard Café or visit 'The Market' for snacks & beverages 24/7. We also offer a 5-mile complimentary shuttle (excluding Ravinia Festival). The two meeting rooms totaling 1,274 sq. ft. help bring visions of extraordinary reality to joyous celebrations, small fairytale weddings, and business meetings.
CITY: Highland Park